Book, 'Holy Bible'; G E Eyre and W Spottiswoode (estab. 1875); 1834; XMM.371

Name/Title

Book, 'Holy Bible'

About this object

Book; 'Holy Bible', published by Eyre & Spottiswoode for the Naval Military Bible Society, London, 1834. It has a brown leather cover with two brass catches and 'Naval Military Bible Society' stamped into the covers. The flyleaf reads: 'This bible was among the books taken by the natives from Kororareka when they destroyed that settlement, March 11th 1845. Because it is God's book it was not appropriated to the purpose of cartridge paper, I ransomed it this day for a checked shirt, March 21st 1846. James Buller, Kaipara'.

Kororareka (now Russell) was an early whaling settlement in the Bay of Islands which by the 1930s had become the biggest whaling port in the southern hemisphere. In 1945, as relations between the Crown and local Maori worsened, war broke out in the north and during the fighting Kororareka was sacked and many buildings destroyed. James Buller (1812-1884) was a Wesleyan missionary stationed at Kaipara, south west of Kororareka. He had initially been brought to New Zealand as tutor to Nathaniel Turner’s children.

For more information about Mangungu Mission House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Maker

G E Eyre and W Spottiswoode (estab. 1875)

Maker Role

Publisher

Date Made

1834

Medium and Materials

paper; leather

Measurements

19 x 13 x 5.8cm

Credit Line

Collection of Mangungu Mission House, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Book

Object number

XMM.371

Copyright Licence  

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pepeketua 26 Jul 2013 10:25 AM,UTC

Kororareka (now Russell) was an early whaling settlement in the Bay of Islands which by the 1930s had become the biggest whaling port in the southern hemisphere. In 1945, as relations between the Crown and local Maori worsened, war broke out in the north and during the fighting Kororareka was sacked and many buildings destroyed.

Dates are in the wrong century.

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